Meet 'Team BTC'

Teaching Staff

Kristopher Shumway
General Manager & USPTA Elite Professional

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Lesson Cost $75

  • Has worked in the tennis and fitness industry for over 20 years

  • Has been the head teaching professional and director of tennis at clubs in PA

  • ITPA Certified Tennis Performance Specialist

  • Achieved National College Rankings in the top 40 for Bloomsburg University in both singles and doubles

  • Has held ATP points and competed in pro tour events

  • Kristopher is married to Jessica and has 3 children; Makayla, Jocelyn, and Elijah

Michael Starke
Owner & USPTA Elite Professional

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Lesson Cost $75

  • Has been a part of BTC for over 40 years 

  • Helped form the Triple Cities Tennis Association

  • Helped bring the Levine Gouldin & Thompson tennis challenger to Binghamton

  • Coached Binghamton University Men's Tennis Team from 1987-2006

  • Been involved in growing USTA leagues in the area and been growing the tennis community throughout his time

  • Michael is married to his wife Kris, and has a daughter Allie and his son Noah

Billy Mendler
Head Teaching Professional

Lesson Cost $75

  • Has been a part of the BTC family since 1996 and his likeable personality, teaching, and playing ability has made him a favorite among many

  • Has guided many of our top Juniors to a path of success

  • Runs our Summer Adult Camp that's always a hit!

  • Played #1 Singles at Kings College and competed in the NCAA Division 3 National Tournament

  • Has been a 10 time participant in the Levine Gouldin & Thompson professional ATP tournament

  • Has held 3 ATP doubles points!

Collin Crawford
Director of Junior Development & USPTA Certified

Lesson Cost $68

  • Been part of the BTC Staff since 1999

  • Works with many of our top Juniors and has led many players to college success

  • Coached SUNY Broome Women's Tennis and led the team to 10 Regional Titles!

  • Specializes in stroke production and attention to detail

  • Played at St. Bonaventure University & SUNY Broome

  • Coach of the Year at SUNY Broome 10 times!

  • Married to his long time companion Courtney and is also an avid Hockey player

Clark Crawford
Summer Camp Director & Certified Stringer

Lesson Cost $62

  • Runs our Junior Morning Summer Camps

  • Keeps his lessons and camps light and fun

  • A big fan of Quickstart Tennis & using softer training balls for beginners and kids

  • Has strung 1000's of rackets and is knowledgeable about the newest technology

  • Resides in Binghamton with his dogs and is also known for his RC planes and Golf

Evan Picciano
USPTA Certified Professional & Under 10 Director

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Lesson Cost $68

  • Been part of the Teaching Staff here at BTC for the past 4 years

  • Director of the 10 & under Clinics at BTC

  • Trained by the legend Bob Devente, who spent over 20 years with our 10 & under kids!

  • Passionate about stroke production and getting beginners confident enough to start playing

  • Runs our new member and beginner clinics

  • #1 singles player at Chenango Forks HS & SUNY Broome

Office Staff

Trace Sladish
Office Manager

  • Been part of the BTC Team since 2009

  • Runs our lobby with charm, whit, and a warm personality

  • Known for serving our members an ace when they have a request

  • A strong 4.0 player and passionate about her tennis

  • Is always interested in how your tennis is going and hearing about your matches

  • Has two kids Libby & Timmy

Kris Starke
Pro Shop Manager

  • Has an uncanny eye for fashion design and keeps our pro shop looking stylish

  • Provides invaluable support at the desk helping Trace and our members

  • Runs our 2.0-3.0 Round Robin events

  • A strong 4.0 player and passionate about her tennis and pickleball

  • Married to Michael and they have two kids together Allie & Noah